Check out Nakba Day-related events in the US below. To submit an event, please contact us.
- This event has passed.
Sacramento: Nakba: 70th Anniversary Celebration of Palestinian Resistance
May 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for a demonstration commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba or Catastrophe that displaced 750,000 Palestinians and led to the creation of Israel.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza demanding the Right of Return and an end to Israeli occupation and genocide!
“After months of massacres and forced displacement of Palestinians, on May 15, 1948, when Israel’s independence was proclaimed, 300,000 Palestinians were living and dying in abominable conditions of exile in Lebanon, Gaza, Syria and the Jordan Valley. By the end of that year, the number of dispossessed Palestinians had grown to 750,000.
In the 1948 war, Israel, with its superior economic and military resources and support from the Western powers, conquered 78 percent of Palestine. The Israeli military strategy was to not only conquer land, but also to drive out as much of the Palestinian population as possible from that land.
Nearly 80 percent of the Arab population was forcibly “transferred” to make way for the new Israeli state. Their farms, workplaces and homes were stolen, forming an indispensable foundation for the new Israeli economy and state.
In the 1967 “Six-Day War,” Israel seized the remainder of historic Palestine: the West Bank and Gaza. This created 300,000 more refugees, many of whom were second-time exiles, having already fled the Israelis 19 years earlier.
None of those driven out in 1948 and 1967, nor their descendants, now numbering more than six million, have ever been allowed to come back or been compensated for their loss. This injustice remains despite U.N. Resolution 194, passed in December 1948, stating unequivocally that all refugees must be allowed to return and have their homes, lands and other property restored to them. The U.S. and Israeli governments have ignored the U.N. resolution for more than half a century….
Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian families live in extreme poverty in refugee camps, with no prospect of a better future. For them, the right of return is not abstract or academic, but an issue that speaks to their very survival. The situation is especially dire in the camps of Lebanon and Gaza, which are home to more than one million people.”
Sponsored by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism – ANSWER Coalition, Student for Justice in Palestine – UC Davis, Sacramento Area Peace Action, Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Human Rights and the Palestinian American League